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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at IUP chapter.

As the air begins to chill and the leaves begin to fall, to me that’s the perfect time to pick up a bewitching read. This list holds some of my favorite scary reads that range from realistic to mysterious with enough twists to keep you reading all night- with every light on!

Her Body and other parties by carmen maria machado

This collection of short stories is mix of science fiction and psychological realism that show how being a woman can be terrifying. This book holds horror, violence, and sentiment that tells of sensuality and strange. There are no words I could use to really encompass how this book made me feel. A read that will stick with you forever.

The book of hidden things by francesco dimitri

This fantasy follows a pact between four friends as they meet up in the small town they grew up in, when the leader of the group never shows, his friends go to his house and end up with more questions than answers. There they find The Book of Hidden Things.

Mexican gothic by silvia moreno-garcia

Set in the 1950s, Mexican Gothic begins seems like a haunted house story about an isolated mansion, an aristocrat, and a socialite that work to expose the houses secrets on the surface but the situation is both complicated and menacing. This is not a book you’ll want to read before bed.

final girls by Riley Sager

This thriller follows a college student, Quincey, who goes on vacation with a group of friends but returns alone. Her life turns into a race against time as she tries to tell the truth of what started ten years ago. If you’re a fan of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn you’ll enjoy this read!

how to be eaten by maria adelmann

This book is a personal favorite as it embodies a mix of dark and provocative humor. A group of women meet in a support group where they work together to process their traumas. Though the beginning is a bit rocky they learn they have more in common than expected and begin to wonder what brought them together.

Lucia Rakoci is a senior editor Her Campus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania chapter. She oversees various articles on the site and works such as culture, lifestyle and more! Outside of Her Campus, Lucia works among various Biology Labs at IUP where she conducts research in Ecology. From identifying bugs to running codes she can be found with her nose in her laptop completing projects and creating proposals to start more! She began her academic journey at Penn State Shenango during high school and is now a junior at IUP majoring in Biology Education with a minor in Wildlife and Conservation Biology and starting her Masters in Biology! In her free time, Lucia enjoys reading, crocheting, baking, and playing with her cat Sage while listening to her favorite music. She a huge fan of Phoebe Bridgers (even saw her in concert twice), and Taylor Swift (Pittsburgh Night 2), and will always say yes to a concert.